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Saint George Castle (Castelo de São Jorge)

Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa

Located on the top of the highest hill in Lisabon historic centre, above the old Moorish quarter, St. George Castle is visible from a long way off and it is famous for its beautiful views of the city and surrounding countryside. The oldest parts date from the 6th century when it was fortified by the Romans, Visigoths and the Moors. When you get through the gateway, you’ll walk through romantic open areas with peacocks, along artists’ stalls with hand-made souvenirs and cross a drawbridge which leads to the main building. If you are lucky you´ll be greeted with guitar playing by “resident” musician Pedro Godinho, who is often seen performing in one of the squares.

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Renata 190 points

Amazing Castle and Alfama neighbourhood!

24.11.2014

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If you are in Lisbon for sure you must visit St. George Castle and surrounding zig-zag, steep streets which are very pitoresque. It is really amazing, huge building on the top of the highest hill. It is better to save your energy and go up either by yellow tram no. 28 or by bus no. 737 from Figuera square (also you can take a ricksha or taxi - taxis are not expensive) because you will need a lot of energy for walking in the huge area of the Castle. You can walk up to the walls, everywhere you can enjoy a fantastic view on the city with red roofs. If you are tired you can sit on the courtyard and have a glass of the great Portuguese wine. Don´t forget to take very comfortable shoes because pavements and aisles in the Castle and around are from stones, there are many holes between the stones so nothing for ladies with heels :-). For me it is the attraction no. 1 in Lisbon!

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